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Historical Fiction Author Tackles Difficult Subject of Racial Healing


Gregg Wooding, 972-567-7660

Award-Winning Author Cynthia L. Simmons Unveils Suspenseful Civil War Novels

during National Religious Broadcaster Convention, May 22-25

ATLANTA, Ga. – Award-winning Christian author Cynthia L. Simmons’s Southern Gold Series thrills readers who love historical fiction, especially as she combines mystery, romance, suspense and biblical scripture in three stand-alone novels about a Confederate bank. Elk Lake Publishing offers Valuing Gold, Pursuing Gold, and Reflecting Gold online. Elk Lake also offers an award-winning homeschool curriculum, Pursuing Gold: A Critical Thinking Curriculum, which accompanies the novel Pursuing Gold chapter by chapter.

Then, later this year, Simmons will partner with celebrated co-author Terri Gillespie to address the controversial subject of healing the racial divide in their anticipated middle-grade historical fiction novel, titled A Penny Saved.

“Several children struggle to get along while solving a mystery surrounding an old coin who comes to life when adults are not around,” says Simmons about her upcoming novel, Penny Saved. “They find an Indian Head penny that looks unimportant yet has great value,” she explains.

About the Authors

Cynthia L Simmons is the mother of five grown children, including a disabled child. Down-to-earth and

practical, she uses her experience to model grace for all. Fond of times past, she writes both fiction and nonfiction while combining history and scripture to minister to moms of all ages. She encourages moms in a weekly #momlife chat and delivers God’s timeless wisdom in Heart of the Radio Podcast. Cynthia has a special place in her heart for young moms and homeschool moms. She’s a huge fan of sugar, tea, cats, orchids, purple, re-enactments, friends, and ballroom dancing with her husband.

Simmon’s co-author Terri Gillepsie is an award-winning author and beloved speaker, who writes stories of faith and redemption to nurture women’s souls. She is the author of critically-acclaimed Making Eye Contact with God (now in its 15th year), award-winning She Does Good Hair, CUT IT OUT!, Really Bad Hair Day—winner of the 2022 Golden Scroll Contemporary Book of the Year, and award-winning, Sweet Rivalry.

Media Contact: Media interested in interviews with Cynthia L. Simmons should contact Gregg Wooding of I AM PR at 972-567-7660 / For additional information, visit Cynthia’s website,

Suggested Interview Questions for Southern Gold Series: 1. Since the Civil War divided the nation, shouldn’t we avoid the topic?

2. What can we learn from the past that will heal racial tensions?

3. Does studying history make you prejudiced?

4. What parallels do you see between today and the 1860s?

5. How did inflation impact citizens at the time?

6. How did money and banking vary in the 1860s?

7. What steps can we take to handle our money wisely?

8. What factors determine a person’s worth?

9. What can we learn from these books about life today?

Suggested Interview Question for Penny Saved Novel:

1. Why did you write a children’s novel about race relations in the South?

2. How can we teach children a person’s worth?

3. What can we do to reinforce the importance of family to our children?

4. What does it mean to forgive?

5. How can we convey the value of wisdom to our children?

6. What part does history play in our lives?

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